The slow, quiet work of building relationships

Renato plays cards with one of Doña Josephina's sons.

Renato plays cards with one of Doña Josephina's sons.

by Kate Lucas

A group of Sponsors, Vision Team members, and staff went to San Rafael yesterday, an indigenous village that is Common Hope’s new satellite site. We got to visit the home of Doña Josephina, who was the first to earn a new fibrolit home for her family.

On our way to the house, we passed a young boy who looked about 11 or 12 walking the other way. Rocio Gonzalez, satellite coordinator, greeted him quietly and cheerfully and said something that made him laugh. She asked him where he was going. He sort-of shrugged, and she said “accompany us to your house.” We all walked companionably toward the home.

As we were leaving, we came upon Renato, New Programs Director, standing quietly at the edge of the street with the same boy, passing playing cards back and forth. We asked what they were playing. It was “War,” a game I used to play as a kid. Renato laughingly called it “Street War,” since they were playing it near the street.

For me, these simple interactions were quite touching, and they demonstrate the relationship building that Common Hope is all about. When Common Hope first arrived in San Rafael, families were wary of us. With time and consistency, and delivering on our promises, the staff and families have come to build relationships of mutual trust and respect. It is a beautiful thing to witness.

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2 Responses to The slow, quiet work of building relationships

  1. Cecelia November 6, 2009 at 8:48 pm #

    Love it. Beautiful indeed.

  2. joan lucas November 7, 2009 at 9:33 pm #

    Just shows us we’re not so different after all.

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